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Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month


The following blog post was written by Anne Hudson, Specialist ACT, People Department


Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? At Southwest, we love to celebrate all of our Employees and their ability to bring their authentic selves to work.


Each of our Employees brings a unique perspective, set of skills, and story with them to work. For our Employees with disabilities, that can look and feel different than what others might expect or experience. Some people simply have “different abilities.” And really, aren’t we all unique, with “different abilities”? Where some struggle, others excel. Where some have an innate ability, others have a steep learning curve. That is not exclusive to the world of disabilities—it’s part of the world we live in. In the month of October, we are proud to recognize and celebrate these differences in the workplace.


Dating back to 1945, NDEAM has been recognized by the Department of Labor as a way to “celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and educate about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.” 


And celebrate is something we do well here at Southwest! This video shares the story of Eric Aiken, a Customer Service Representative who has a visual impairment. Eric serves our Customers with a smile and all Heart, while navigating his tasks through the use of assistive technology.



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My heartfelt gratitude to SWA!! I never thought I would be in this unique situation.  After my surprise emergency brain surgery, I had to learn how to read, how to talk, how to eat and how to walk all over again. It took over 9mos to recover and thanks be to God, I was able to resume my duties full time as a LBB CSA agent once again.  SWA and my wonderful, awesome SWA family here in LBB has taken care of my physical needs in the past and continues to this present day! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  From a very grateful Reenie